New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!
Opening Weekend at Queens Botanical Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
Through April 01, 2012 - Flushing
Meet Flora, take a Garden tour, plant a seed, and welcome spring at the Garden!
The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx
Guest designer for this year's 10th Annual Orchid Show is Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and artist who will transform the Haupt Conservatory with his spectacular vertical walls of living foliate. Using thousands of orchids and companion planting as his palette, Blanc introduces towering spectacles of tropical life to the Conservatory. In an explosion of alluring design and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above, creating this season's not-to-be missed exhibition for garden lovers, orchid fans, and those desiring a one-day tropical retreat.
Vignettes from The Queens Project - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 19, 2012 - Corona
QBG is honored to present the photography of Audrey Gottlieb in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery. Her best-known images show multicultural America today. Save the date for an Artist's Talk on May 19.